Police seek thief who swiped bucket of gold flakes

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Police in New York City are look­ing for a quick-think­ing thief who stole an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 mil­lion off an ar­mored truck in Man­hat­tan.

The uniden­ti­fied thief swiped the 5-gal­lon metal bucket off the back of the ve­hi­cle on Sept. 29 when a guard briefly went to the truck’s cab to re­port­edly re­trieve his cell­phone.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred in broad day­light on West 48th Street in Mid­town Man­hat­tan.

Se­cu­rity video shows the black bucket on a pal­let in­side the open back door of the truck. The man looks around, ap­proaches the truck and lifts the bucket out.

Two men are stand­ing on the side­walk be­side the truck, en­gaged in an­i­mated con­ver­sa­tion, and don’t ap­pear to no­tice the man with the bucket walk­ing past them.

Lots of other pedes­tri­ans and ve­hi­cles stream past as he heads down the side­walk with one arm wrapped around the bucket and his other hand be­neath it.

At one point, he sets it down at the curb, takes a breather for a few sec­onds, then hoists it again and steps into the street.

Police say it took the thief an hour to com­plete what would nor­mally be con­sid­ered a 10-minute walk. He then hopped into a white van and fled.

Police say the sus­pect likely didn’t know what the bucket con­tained.

The sus­pect is be­lieved to be hid­ing out in Florida.

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